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LinuxJournal: Say "No, thanks" to Offers of Illegal MS Source Code

Oct 28, 2000, 18:03 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

"If anything claiming to be illegally copied Microsoft source code shows up on the Net, do not download or read it. If you do, you will lose the right to work on free software."

"The Wall Street Journal reported today that Microsoft and the FBI are investigating an intrusion in which unknown attackers had access to Microsoft source code for three months. Although nothing purporting to be Microsoft source code copied in the intrusion has surfaced yet, any such code poses a legal risk to people who read it and to any free software project that accepts contributions from those people."

"Anybody who wishes to be involved in free software should have nothing to do with anything claiming to be Microsoft source code released without license or in any informal way," said Eben Moglen, general counsel of the Free Software Foundation and professor of law and legal history at Columbia University. Microsoft, he said, would be in a position to seek damages from anyone trafficking in misappropriated trade secrets, which can include merely reading the Microsoft code and then contributing to a free project."

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